head in the clouds: a plastic bottle pavilion by studioKCA
head in the clouds: a plastic bottle pavilion by studioKCA head in the clouds: a plastic bottle pavilion by studioKCA
jun 17, 2013

head in the clouds: a plastic bottle pavilion by studioKCA

‘head in the clouds’: a plastic bottle pavilion by studioKCA
photo: studioKCA
see more on studioKCA’s facebook page



‘head in the clouds’, a pavilion designed for figment’s 2013 ‘city of dreams art celebration’ on new york’s governors island by jason klimoski, AIA, and lesley chang of architecture studioKCA has been built using 53,780 recycled plastic bottles and milk jugs – the amount which is thrown away in NYC in about 1 hour. visitors can enter the space to contemplate the effects of light and color filtering through the surface, from inside and out. a series of ‘pillows’ constructed from the gallon jugs form the exterior, while sixteen and twenty four ounce bottles line the interior. the bottles, accentuated with organic food coloring and water, create the interior’s blue hue. sand, water, and a curved aluminum frame provide structural integrity, creating a small seating/gazing area for approximately 50 people at the base.


‘head in the clouds’ began as a kickstarter project which ran from february 6th to april 7th, 2013, and has been realized by the support of backers who helped studioKCA surpass their goal of $9,000.00 USD.



constructing the pavilion
photo: studioKCA
see more on studioKCA’s facebook page



kickstarter video: documenting the process of conceiving ‘head in the clouds’





material axonometric diagram

section through the pavilion




testing the lining of the pavilion’s interiors covered in the ‘bottle fabric’



completed interior panels


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